Six days after he was kidnapped by gunmen, Bagudu Hirse, a former aviation minister has been released by his abductors.
Hirse got into the hands of the kidnappers at the Kaduna residence of Mamman Daura, where he had gone to condole the family over the death of the former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.
The release of Bagudu, who was kidnapped a day after the release of Sheikh Yusuf, a Jos-based cleric and administrative secrertary of the Jamaátu Nasril Islam (JNI), who was equally kidnapped in Kaduna, was confirmed by his brother, John Hirse, in a statement.
John, a retired permanent secretary in the federal civil service and now District Head of Mangu, in Plateau State, said in the statement, that “Bagudu was released in the early hours of Saturday”.
Continuing, he added that; “The former aviation minister was “hale and hearty”, and thanked Nigerians for their prayers and words of encouragement during the trying period.
“May God reward everyone who stood by us during the tough period,” he added.
John, however, did not give further details about the release of his brother, and also refused to comment over whether ransom was paid for his brother’s release.
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